Bloomin’ Walks #2: Rhododendron, The Institute

Bloomin’ Walks #2: Rhododendron, The Institute

Saturday June 25th, 2022 * 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Dr. Doris Goldman will lead a family walk through Birely Trail at Happel’s Meadow in Blue Ridge Summit to observe and learn about blooming rosebay or great rhododendron (Rhododendron maximum).
The clusters of flowers are  each almost 2 inches wide, and are a hummingbird favorite.
This walk is quite shady and mossy, and always cooler than in the valley or most of the drier areas in the mountains.
The walk is free, but pre-registration is required.
Email the Institute at: info@natureandcultureinsitute.org
Bloomin’ Walks #1: Mountain Laurel, The Institute

Bloomin’ Walks #1: Mountain Laurel, The Institute

Saturday June 4th, 2022 * 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Dr. Doris Goldman will lead a family walk through the Appalachian Trail in Michaux Forest to observe and learn about the blooming Mountain Laurel (Kalmia latifolia), the State Flower of Pennsylvania.
Blossoms look like folded origami flowers.
The walk is free, but pre-registration is required. Email the Institute at: info@natureandcultureinsitute.org
Safety measures in place for this event.
Check out Bloomin’ Walk #2 HERE…Rhododendron!

 

Beginner Birder Workshop, Caledonia State Park

Beginner Birder Workshop, Caledonia State Park

Saturday June 4th, 2022 * 7:45 AM – 12:00 PM
All Families Adults Teens, and children age 6 or older are welcome.
Activities include; Bird Walks, Kid’s Corner, Nature Walk, Birding Bingo Scavenger Hunt, and refreshments.
“Birding Buddies” will help participants identify birds.
Register Early by Contacting Dave Cooney at 717.264.2116 or slant1cm@yahoo.com
Meet at the first parking lot beyond the Visitors’ Center in Caledonia State Park.
Bring binoculars and field guide if you have them.  A few loaners will be available.
Photo Safari: Nature Photography Field Trip, The Institute

Photo Safari: Nature Photography Field Trip, The Institute

Saturday May 14th, 2022 * 7:00 AM – 10:30 AM
This is a fun and educational “photo safari” geared toward beginner to intermediate photographers.
Led by Institute faculty member and accomplished nature photographer, Dave Graff, the excursion will visit a local area likely to provide many opportunities to practice nature photography skills.
The proposed location is Antietam Meadow Park near Waynesboro, but that could change, depending on the status of wildflower blooms and other available subjects.
“We will be doing nature photography, concentrating on scenic, macro-photography (close-ups of plants, insects, etc.), and even some telephoto photography of birds if the opportunity presents itself,” Dave said. 
SLR or mirrorless cameras are ideal. “This isn’t really a trip for ‘point and shoot’ cameras,” Dave said, “although some ‘phone-based’ photography can be practiced.
The concentration is really on cameras with interchangeable lenses.”
Dave will have a couple of cameras and multiple lenses that participants can use and compare to their own equipment if they are considering purchasing new gear.
“This offers an invaluable experience that you can’t get shopping online or even in a photography store,” he said.
Time: 7 to 10:30 a.m. Timing may vary…might end a little earlier or it may run a little longer—depending on the quality of light and energy level of participants.
Cost: $15 for Institute members; $20 for general public.
Space is limited and registration is required. Email The Institute at info@NatureAndCultureInstitute.org, or call 717-762-0373.
Open Trail, Borough of Mercersburg

Open Trail, Borough of Mercersburg

Saturday April 30th, 2022 * 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM
On behalf of the Mercersburg Area Council for Wellness (MACWell) and the Montgomery Peters Mercersburg Connectivity (MPMC) Project, you are invited to the “Open the Trail” event this Saturday, April 30th from 9 AM to Noon at the Johnston Run Stream Side Trail in the Borough of Mercersburg.
If you have not been to the trail, the entrance is located at Oregon Street/Church Hill Road beside Choice Collision Center. 
Welcome
Introduction of Board Members
Recognitions – Donors & Other Stakeholders
Tree Planting – In Honor of Dr. Elizabeth George
Remarks & Future Plans
Trail Tours
11 AM – Socializing & Light Refreshments
The MACWell/MPMC team hopes to see you there, you do not need to RSVP; however, if you would like to, please visit THIS LINK or email Becky Wolf